Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Let the light in....

Hi Everybody!

For Elke's lovely challenge 'Landscapes of the soul'
at Art Journal Journey I have an A4 mixed media piece.
I made the background some time back, using paints and pastel chalks,
and then forgot about it, which is why it looks a bit
worse for wear. I added the lanterns, which I cut out
of a catalogue and some washi tapes. I am also linking to 

This week I got a wonderful surprise in the post - I just
love happy mail. It was sent by CJ & Ink - my prize from a  draw
she did on her blog, when she offered a set of crocheted
coasters. They were accompanied by lots of other
fab goodies, including the beautiful, handmade journal
on the right, with 'thoughts' written on the title page.
Thanks for your generosity CJ, you can see how
nice my cup looks sitting on the new coasters!

As many of you know, I am fascinated by the dawn,
sunrise, moon, sky and clouds. If you look carefully in the first photo
you can see Venus to the right of the tree:

And it's always magical when the sun slides over the

I took a walk last week to the castle and village of Kalkum.
I love this 'lovers' walk' in the grounds:

 The Michaelmas daisies were poking through the fence:

The mill stream and mill:

The big storm a couple of weeks back brought a tree down
which destroyed part of the wall:

I enjoyed the autumn colours and reflections in the moat
and stream:

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Gorgeous piece, love all the photos, too, the sunrise was magnificent- We all need light for our souls, that's true! Enjoy the happy mail from your friend. The coasters are so pretty. Hugs, Sarah

  2. That's a fabulous AJJ entry, dear. And how sweet that CJ sent so many wonderful gifts along with the coasters you won. She is super at gifting, isn't she?

    The lovers walk is fabulous. I have a "thing" for arches. Our leaves are just starting to turn, but most are still green. I was especially impressed by the vines that hung over the wall of the moat. What a pity about the wall and the felled tree, too.

  3. thank you for my lovely day with you, paths and trees and sunset!!!
    Lovely lantern piece to light my way!!

  4. Many thanks for pointing out Venus to the right of the tree, I appreciated that.
    Doesn't lovers walk look great, just fabulous.
    Once again you have spoiled us with some amazing photographs.

    Happy mid-week wishes.

    All the best Jan

  5. This is soooo beautiful, i realy love it!

  6. Oh my. Everything is just perfect and serene.

  7. Beautiful interesting post!Thank you for linking to Elke's nice theme again!

  8. Your journal page just glows. I'm glad the package arrived safely and your mug makes the coaster look good.Stunning pictures. I love the tree tunnel and the Michelmas daisies peeking through the fence. Wow, that was a huge tree that came down. Shame about the wall.

  9. das ist wundeschön dargestellt Leben und Licht in deinem Journal so passend zu meinem Thema bei AJJ!
    Dein schönes Geschenk passt prima unter deiner Tassse, einfach süss.
    Die wundervollen Fotos von Kalkum und von den Sonnenuntergänge!
    Schönen Abend wünsche ich dir!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  10. beautiful journal page- what a great find- those lovely lanterns! Gorgeous photos!! I have never seen a sunrise or sunset that wasn't awe inspiring. And that tree tunnel is just wonderful. Congrats on your win from CJ's giveaway- very generous indeed. Enjoy!

  11. I love the background, it really glows behind those lanterns, its wonderful page.
    Your sunrise and sunset photos are always beautiful and to be able to see Venus in the sky is awesome.
    Enjoy your goodies, they look lovely.
    Yvonne xx

  12. I love the sentiment in your journal page. We need to pay attention to our souls. The coaster is very cute. Marvelous nature photos as always. The sky ones are my favorites.

  13. Beautiful page, the chalk give it texture and I like the washi tape. Lovely mail gifts from CJ! Gorgeous photos, I love that fence.

  14. Love the way you captured light in your photos. Goes well with your artwork and quote too. :)

    Your prizes are wonderful. The teacup coaster is adorable!

  15. I love the glow on your background. It really looks like those lanterns are giving off light. :) And I found Venus. You have so many interesting places to walk near you. I get why you walk all the time because there is so much to see. Hugs-Erika

  16. Beautiful Valerie! I just love the lanterns. I have several that look just like those. Lanterns are a favorite piece of decor in my house. And your background is perfect.
    Happy Wednesday,

  17. I am glad you found your beautiful work to show is just magnificent. Now your photos, again, mezmerize me to no end... [aNNie]

  18. Beautiful artwork, I just love the bright palette! So many wonderful photos! I think I could take that lovers walk lane over and over again and still say ooh and aah! So much autumn peeking through, just stunning! have a great day :)

  19. Loads of loveliness here -- I adore those sweet purple flowers poking out through the greenery of the fence. And the light in your piece today is so luminous.

  20. Gorgeous artwork Valerie and love the light shining through on there. Lovely photos too, such a gorgeous sunset and beautiful walk pics.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  21. Beautiful page, Valerie. I love the beautiful image and the great background. And super photos, my friend. I adore sunsets and sunrises! Kisses!!!!!!

  22. wow so much lovely eye candy here on your post-I loved your photos very much especially the lovers walk-what a magical place. Love your art and I love your happy mail! the coasters are too sweet-enjoy

  23. I just caught the penny for your thoughts:) How clever.

  24. Beautiful page! I love the lanterns you used and the way their light glows across your page 😁. What fabulous happy mail! The mat CJ knitted looks amazing and wow, there are so many other crafting goodies too 😁. I'm loving your photos, I like that the daisies were poking through the fence to say hello and those reflections are lovely. Enjoy the rest of the week! J 😊

  25. Congratulations on your win. Your page looks great. hugs, Teresa

  26. Valerie,
    the archway through the trees is completely magnificent! What a beautiful place to visit!As always, your photos are a feast for the eyes! Thank you for sharing!
    Your journal spread is so clever using those lanterns and your mail treasures are wonderful!
    A fabulous post Valerie!
    Sending hugs,Jackie

  27. A really lovely piece of art. Congratulations on the win. Truly wonderful items. I love your photos this time too. Some of them are quite striking.

  28. Oh so beautiful artwork dear Valerie! I love the colours that seem to shimmer from the page.
    What a fun gift - and those generous extras... yay! Your coffee cup looks very much at home on that pretty crochet coaster.
    Yes, I can see Venus - we often look for it, the brightest one in the sky!
    Your photos are gorgeous and the deep rich colours by the sun are wonderful.
    Beautiful walking scenery and the daisies are so sweet peeking through the fence... I too could not resist taking those photos. Beautiful Autumnal colours and water reflections.
    Thanks for sharing all these beautiful things with us and Happy PPF :D) xx

  29. Wonderful art, just love the background and beautiful photos, autumn is lovely in your part of the world.

  30. Thank you for taking us on your spectacular walk. What beautiful countryside you have to enjoy!
    Happy PPF

  31. Beautiful artwork! Gorgeous photos!!!

  32. Loved looking at all the photos, especially the lovers looks like secrets would be shared there for sure! Great journal page too!

  33. Morning Valerie! I'm catching up! Always so much to see, I love your photos, and those crochet coasters. I've been crocheting coasters lately, amongst other things. Beautiful art too!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
    Alison xx

  34. I love all the colors in your painting. The photographs are fantastic. . . such a beautiful place. Blessings, Janet

  35. Your art piece is breath taking! I love the lanterns! I love the saying!
    Gorgeous happy mail from CJ! Lucky you!!
    Your pictures take me to a dream world! I love them so much! Big Hugs!

  36. Beautiful art Valerie!!! And your place is Awesome! such gorgeous colours!!! I LOVE twilight too! :)

  37. I love the texture and colors inside the lanterns.

  38. A fabulous entry for Landscapes of the Soul! Gorgeous photos …again! Chrisx


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